HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Housing Authority’s EnVision Center

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and former Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson visited South central Kentucky Friday morning.

Carson stopped to check out the Housing Authority of Bowling Green’s EnVision Center, which provides educational opportunities for young students.

One of Carson’s initiatives when he assumed the role of HUD Secretary was to create these centers in cities across the country, but this was the first time he got to see the progress being made in Bowling Green.

“It’s so important particularly to give our young people a vision of what is possible,” said Carson as he spoke to a room filled with members of the community and local and regional officials. “To talk to them about what they can do, not what they can’t do.”

Housing Authority staff took Carson on a tour of the facility, introducing him to some of the students, highlighting their mobile grocery store and showing off their carpentry shop – which included giving Carson a personalized, engraved gift.

“I am exceedingly impressed in the way that they expose the young people to the real world and what is needed to be successful in the real world,” said Carson after the tour. “That’s really what it’s all about.”

Another program the secretary was introduced to is the center’s flight simulator, which was just installed in late October.

In the interactions Carson had with the students and others that attended his visit, he shared the same message – community and opportunity are vital to the growth of young people and this country, but neither of those are possible without unity – the five letter word found at the end of the former two words.

“America is a society of can-do people,” added Carson. “People who have aptitude. All we have to do is make sure we provide the opportunity.”

The EnVision Center’s four pillars – Economic Empowerment, Educational Advancement, Health and Wellness, Character and Leadership – have tried to give its students the very opportunity that Carson preached about.

“Doctor Carson, you’re looking at people who care,” said Abraham Williams, executive director of the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. “Not just one side of town, but all over town.”

For more information about HUD’s EnVision Center program, click here.